Why does RVCCC matter?
The Rogue Valley is an environmentally fragile airshed, designated by EPA and DEQ as the region’s Air Quality Maintenance Area. As such our ability to access Federal Transportation Funds and to grow our economic base relies on meeting the federal, state and regional, air quality standards for the region. In 2015 RVCCC was able to document almost 2.5 million gas gallon equivalent reduction in petroleum use. This significant reduction in gasoline and diesel use both contributes to valley air quality but additionally helped our region maintain to access Federal Funding for our roads and transit system.
How does RVCCC fit in?
As the Southern Oregon designee of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition (RVCCC) functions as Department of Energy’s local advocate for petroleum displacement activities in the Rogue Valley and surrounding region. Currently consisting of nearly 100 organizations across the country, the Clean Cities program has been responsible for displacing over 7.5 billion gallons of petroleum fuel since 1993. Affiliation with the National Clean Cities Program provides RVCCC a wealth of tools and resources to explore and advance initiatives that help local fleets and individuals reduce their petroleum footprint.
What is Clean Cities?
Clean Cities is a Department of Energy sponsored program designed to reduce our nation’s petroleum consumption by advancing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles. Clean Cities has expanded to include fuel blends, hybrids, fuel economy and idle reduction and as an end results supports clean air in the Rogue Valley.